Barcelona have tied talented teen Gerard Deulofeu down to a new four-year-deal; with a massive buyout clause included
While Barcelona have a very successful first-team; their B team is also pretty tasty as well.
This season the second string Blaugrana are currently in eighth place in the Segunda Liga and also have an outside chance of making the play-off places. Not that it would matter; rules clearly stipulate that they would not be able to participate in La Liga along with their senior squad.
One of the main reasons for their success this season has been the performances of their star forward Gerard Deulofeu.
The 19-year-old has scored 18 goals in 30 league games this season making him the leagues joint third top-scorer and the creative forward has therefore seen his stock rise across the continent.
Just this month he saw his name being linked with taking over from Mario Gotze at Borussia Dortmund.
City’s Director of Football Txiki Begiristain is reportedly a big fan of the tricky attacker and is believed to be keen on bringing him to The Etihad this summer.
Meanwhile Liverpool also see him stepping into their Brendan Rodgers system with ease.
The fact he is only in the Barcelona B team was also going to help them make a case for his departure and subsequent arrival.
He has featured for the first team this season. Playing once in the league and there more times in the Copa del Rey and Champions League combined; all four times entering the fray as a substitute.
Therefore you can understand why clubs may have thought it possible to snap him up on the cheap from Barca.
But Barcelona have obviously seen enough of him in the Segunda Liga this season to warrant a new deal at the club; as that is exactly what they have just given him.
The teenager has signed on the dotted line of a four-year-deal that will see the Spanish under-21 international stay at the club until 2017; as Tito Villanova gets ready to unleash him on the first team next season.
What’s more, if Liverpool or City still felt they could snap him up regardless, they would have to pay a handsome price.
Barca have made their valuation of the player clear by outlining a €35 million buyout clause that has been written into his new deal.
A clear intention that this young talent is going nowhere.
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